This Dog Walked 35 Miles Home After Getting Lost

The idea of a pup finding his way home after getting lost is a miracle by itself, but one 8-year-old dog actually walked 35 miles home, as reported by Dogtime.

 

The story goes that Georgia, an 8-year-old Sharpei mix belonging to Kris Anderson, vanished from the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve outside of Carlsbad, California. Anderson had let her pup run offleash, but Georgia ended up chasing a slew of white rabbits and got lost. But because the region is notoriously coyote-filled, after a day-long search, park rangers told Anderson that there was little chance her dog would survive in the dangerous area.

 

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Despite the search being called off, Anderson and her daughter drove the 70 miles roundtrip daily to look for Georgia, but were unsuccessful. Six days later, Georgia walked back into her Carlsbad home, reportedly looking raggedy, dirty, covered in scratches, and had lost a significant amount of weight.

 

Veterinarian Luis Lizarraga, who examined Georgia upon her return, wasn’t surprise at the extent of her injuries given the 35-mile trek home, which included canyons populated by predators and rattlesnakes, nearby heavy traffic, and a torrential rainstorm over the span of nearly a week.

 

While Anderson may have once let Georgia run regularly off leash, she’s promised to not do so again—so perhaps use Anderson’s tale as a cautionary one before you do the same with your dog.

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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)